SCOTUS Stealing The Headlines

Our democracy is predicated on the three branches of government being equal in power, but over the past week or so, the judiciary – and the US Supreme Court in particular – has sucked all the power out of the room! Most recently, the court’s decision in the Janus case (which we cover below) has…

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SCOTUS Decides Janus as Expected

On the very last day of its 2018 session, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rendered its decision in the matter of Janus v AFSCME as expected, ruling that government mandates for the payment of “fair share fees” by public employees who may not want to belong to the union violates the employee’s First Amendment guarantee…

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Retaliating Against Rauner

Early on as the Janus case wound its way through the court system in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner was front and center to have the “fair share fee” funding mechanism struck down. In fact, Rauner announced in 2015 that he would pursue the issue along with plaintiff Mark Janus, but ultimately the governor was removed…

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Sign of the Times

It’s not something that we would not have thought about 20 years ago, or perhaps even a decade ago, but the spread of global terrorism has made this thought process part of our everyday life. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) last week released the first installment of draft guidance on preserving food safety or…

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Regulatory Reform Roundtables Roll On

We haven’t been advised of them in a few months, but the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) effort to identify overly-burdensome regulations and replace them whenever possible is still ongoing. This week DDIFO was notified by the SBA Office of Advocacy that another round of Regulatory Reform Roundtables has been scheduled for the week of July…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs “Grand Bargain”

Speaking of Massachusetts, governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed into law the so-called Grand Bargain compromise that avoids a couple of contentious issues from appearing on the November ballot. The legislation, negotiated over the past several weeks between advocates and some business groups, provides for an increase in the current $11 per hour minimum wage to…

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Miscellaneous

We’ve seen a number of industry rankings released over the past week or so and want to call them to your attention. Entrepreneurs 39th Annual Franchise 500 rankings has Dunkin’ Donuts coming in 1st, 2nd & 3rd in three of the listing categories. Dunkin’ topped the list for Fastest Growing Franchises edging out 7-Eleven for…

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Competitor News

So last week, we reported on Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz announcing he’s leaving the company after 40 years amid declining sales numbers along with the planned closing of 150 Starbucks in the US over the next year. This week, it is reported that CFO Scott Maw will also be leaving the company later this year…

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DDIFO Conference Attendees

We would ask those of you who attended the DDIFO National Conference this month in New Orleans to please take a few minutes and complete the National Conference Attendee Survey sent out this week under separate cover. The survey will be kept open through Tuesday of next week, so please take the time to complete…

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